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Gilda Ray Hornpipe


Published November 1925


Irish bagpipe solo, Columbia 33085-F. O'Nolan billed himself as the "Wicklow Piper," but his piping seems to have little in common with famous Leinster pipers such as the Doran brothers or Leo Rowsome; his charming punchy style is much more reminescent of others who recorded in America such as Tom Ennis. O'Nolan recorded a few piping solos in 1925-26 but his subsequent recorded output over the next five years were vocal discs, backed by a piano, sometimes with clarinet and violin thrown in. The title is one of many similiar variants such as "Gilderoy" or "Gilda Roy," which are English corruptions of the Gaelic "Giolla Ruaidh," which translates as "Red Haired Boy," which was the title used on other Irish recordings. This is a common tune in American Old Time music, with names such as There Was an Old Soldier and He Had a Wooden Leg, which is the first line of accompanying verses. The Little Beggarman is an Irish song sung to this melody.


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